A strangely boring episode to cap off a strangely boring season. But somehow, the last minutes of this did fill me with a bit of optimism for what could happen next.
So... Olivia was the most obvious person to die, so she did. They say her name a bunch of times in episode 3, try to make you care when you know she's cannon fodder, and then kill her off. Basic stuff that makes for weirdly patronising viewing. Glad Spencer is out of the picture though because he was never convincing as an antihero/villain. One of the (many) issues is that there's no tension within the group. The AV club pointed out that hasn't been the case since Shane and they could have had a similiar thing with Spencer but it was just tired and flimsy instead. Something I don't get about the Daryl stuff is won't Negan just go back to Alexandria and kill people until he comes back/they turn him in?
I really don't think having some of these episodes be an hour long has done the show any favours either. So much of it could be cut/trimmed. That conversation between Gabriel and Rosita was tedious as anything. Speaking of Gabriel, how truly botched a character is he? Genuinely have no idea what he offers the group or the story. And their progression of him from cowardly priest to ??? has been wonky to say the least. Could also have cut Rick and Aaron's trip, in which you know neither of them are going to die so there's no tension whatsoever... Even the Carol and Morgan part wasn't needed, and it's a shame there hasn't been more of The Kingdom.
Back to Rosita and I couldn't help but laugh when the bullet hit the bat. So daft. We know Negan isn't going to die this early on, so there was (again) no tension at all. Because of her bad shooting, when she could have just waited for him to turn his back, Olivia dies and Eugene taken away but none of the characters seem to have a problem with that? Saying that I'm glad Eugene will be gone for a bit because his dialogue has been extra grating this season.
Rambled for too long so I'll stop. Still on board with it but only to test myself, to see how much I can put up with. My guess for the next half (I'm well behind on the comics so I don't know what'll happen) is that Alexandra, the Hilltop, and the rest of the communities will fight against Negan, but some setback means it doesn't work out. Negan isn't just for this season, he'll surely be in the next one too?